Friday’s Thompson Boxing Promotions fight card at the Omega Products International outdoor arena in Corona, CA, marks another step up in opposition for the fast rising super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias.
The undefeated Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs) faces brawler Juan Ruiz (23-6, 7 KOs) in a 10 round bout with the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) title on the line.
This card is the latest in the ‘New Blood’ series and it arrives on the heels of the Antonio Diaz ‘Farewell’ bout held at Fantasy Springs Casino near Palm Springs.
Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs) seems to be done with tune-ups. Ruiz is the second straight veteran opponent for Esquivias, who last fought in March when he posted a third round KO of John Alberto Molina.
Combined, Ruiz and Molina have 75 career bouts and 28 knockout victories.
The co-main event on the card pits San Bernardino’s Artemio Reyes (12-1, 10 KOs) against Mexico’s Cristian Favela (31-31-1, 15 KOs) in an eight round welterweight bout. The bout looks like a mismatch on paper but young fighters often learn a thing or two after battling Favela, who take a good punch.
The card also features a handful of young fighters. Ontario’sRichard Contreras (5-0, 4 KOs)faces Isaac Hidalgo (8-7-2, 1 KO)in a six-rounder. Bantamweight Miguel Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs) faces Samuel Gutierrez (5-8-1)in a four-round bout. Riverside’s Daniel Franco (2-0)Mauro Breneswho is making his pro debut.
Tickets for “NEW BLOOD” are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30 pm. Omega Products International is located at 1681 California Avenue, Corona, CA 92881. Exit Magnolia off of the 15 Freeway.
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